GUYDUS is given the narrow vote to land this competitive opener at the expense of Hi Dancer and Another Miracle. The selection is eight pounds higher since landing the odds at Southwell last time out. He is still only lightly raced and there is still definite room for improvement and with luck in running he is sure to close once again. Hi Dancer is only four pounds higher after winning at Newcastle last month. He was good enough to win off a mark of 113 two seasons ago and still has the potential to run another good race off his current mark. Another Miracle is still only lightly raced and is open to further improvement. He was a course and distance winner on his penultimate outing and was not discredited after finishing third off a ten pound higher mark at Wincanton last time out so warrants respect. This is a tricky race to call but Guydus has more ticks in his boxes compared to the majority of his rivals and gains the narrow vote.
Petroglyph 9-1 (11-12) Took keen hold in rear, ridden after 5th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Pearl (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Hi Dancer 2-1fav (11-3) Prominent, led last, kept on well, driven out, won at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar beating Nevsky Bridge (11-3) by 3l, 11 ran.
Root Cause 12-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along approaching 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 10, 38l behind Bella Haze (11-3) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Another Miracle 10-3 (11-9) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Woodlark Island (10-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Mar.
Guydus (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) In touch, headway after 3 out, led approaching last, stayed on well flat, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb beating Quick Live (10-13) by 4l, 15 ran.
Flaming Breeze (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Always behind, tailed off 6th, 6th of 9, well behind Double Expresso (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Here's The Key (FR) 12-1 (10-10) In touch, dropped to mid-division 3rd, ridden and outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 46l behind Evella (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Fort Severn (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led, blundered 4th, headed after 7th, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pearl (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Phare Isle (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders under pressure after 3 out, weakened from next, tailed off, 11th of 17, 26l behind Lady Bling Bling (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Kelly Manor (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, weakened approaching 2 out, soon hung left, 5th of 11, 18l behind Nono Le Sage (9-13) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Mar.
Letitia's Loss (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 10th, headed 3 out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened next, 7th of 16, 29l behind Earcomesthedream (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Mar.
Flower Haven 12-1 (12-0) Lost tch & pu aft 12, in a race won by Cedrus Libani (12-7) at Cottenham 3m ptp in Dec, 13 ran.